Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt - DIY Halloween Costume with Free Template

I've been trying to get the kids' Halloween costumes done early this year.  I'm not getting them done as early as I would like to, but Becca's costume is mostly there.
I still need to figure out how to turn her hair a realistic Weasley-red, and she'll get a Hogwarts robe if I have time after finishing the others' costumes, but I think she can pass as a Hogwarts student...

...well, except that she doesn't quite look old enough to be a First Year, but maybe in a few years.

Instead of trying to copy the costumes exactly, I decided to go for more of a "capture the spirit" of the character look.  For the Ginny Costume that meant adding a snitch to the skirt.  (For those of you who might not be super familiar with Harry Potter...Ginny becomes a seeker (the snitch catcher in quidditch) like Harry, and according to things J.K. Rowling has said after the books were written, she eventually became a professional quidditch player.
Besides telling more of Ginny's story than a plain pleated grey skirt would have, I figured it will be more fun for Becca to wear during and after Halloween that way.

I also went for a simple circle skirt instead of pleats, because they are SO much easier...
...and little girls love twirly skirts.
And they don't come much twirlier than a circle skirt. 

I didn't take step-by-step photos for this one, but it's really so easy you won't need them.

First, I used Dana's Circle Skirt tutorial on MADE for making the skirt itself.  She has excellent instructions, so go check them out.

Then you can use this template for your snitch.  I just used regular fabric scraps I had in a golden yellow and white.  I traced the shapes onto Heat'n Bond Lite (affiliate link).  The snitch in the template below if in reverse because when doing applique, you always trace a mirror image onto the Heat'n Bond.)
Right click on image to copy or save to your computer.  You can resize the image in a photo editing or word processing program to fit the size of your project.
Then iron the Heat'n Bond onto the back of your snitch fabrics.  Cut out the shapes from your fabrics.  Peel off the paper backing, and iron the pieces onto your skirt.  Be sure to put one of the snitches wings on top of the snitch and the other behind.  I wanted the snitch to be in the lower right corner of the front of the skirt.  Then I sent my sewing machine to do a medium-wide zigzag stitch with the stitch length sent pretty close to zero.  That way those raw edges are pretty much encased in stitching and won't fray.  If you'd like to see pictures for how to do this type of applique, you can see my tutorial here

Then I used white embroidery thread to make a swirly line that went around the skirt and up into the waistline to show the path of the snitch.  (Somehow I can't help but think that perhaps Mrs. Weasley made Ginny a skirt like this as a girl, but the snitch on the real Ginny's skirt would have actually zoomed all over the skirt on it's own.)

And that's it!

I'll share more info about her sweater and other details soon, but you can order a Golden Snitch Necklaces here.

And you can order your Hogwarts House Scarves here or tutorial here to make your own..

I have lots of Harry Potter inspired gifts and fun things in my shop.  The selection is always changing.

See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

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Potter - Weasley 2016 Election Shirts 


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Accio Book Tote Tutorial - Freezer Paper Stencil 
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Easy Harry Potter Wands 

Printable Hogwarts Library Book Plates

Printable Harry Potter Valentines

Easy Harry Potter (Hogwarts) House Scarves

Golden Snitch Necklace

Golden Snitch Cupcakes

Ron Weasley "I'm a Keeper" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Boy Version)
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Harry Potter Family Themed Costumes

Harry Potter Inspired Charm Ornaments

Harry Potter Printable Spell Books

Harry Potter Printable Dementor Themed Chocolate Bar Wrappers Books

The Hermione Skirt
Dementor's Kiss-Away Free Printable Party Favor or Valentine

DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll

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Harry Potter Potions Ornaments

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  1. Oh my gosh this is the cutest! I love the idea of the snitch on the skirt. If only adults could wear skirts like that! Also, thanks for all the Harry Potter posts!!!

  2. VERY cute! I love all things harry potter:)
    Over The Apple Tree

  3. That appliqued snitch is just brilliant. Why didn't I think of it?! Awesome job!


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